From today 24/3/20 - we will no longer be able to offer routine services. We (or any veterinary surgeries in the UK) are not be able to offer: neutering, vaccinations including second vaccinations, any routine operations or  routine appointments.  By law, we are only allowed to see emergency cases.  If you have an animal that is in urgent need of veterinary attention please phone the surgery and we will assess the situation. 
 
The safety of our clients and staff is paramount with the current situation we need to do everything we can. Always phone us first. If you have been given permission to attend then please phone the surgery to say that you have arrived in our car park. If our phones are busy we will pop back and foward to the car park to check who has arrived.

We are now requesting that you stay in the car park (unless there are exceptional circumstances) while we examine your animal inside the surgery. We will come to the car park to collect your pet and return them once they have been examined. Discussion will either occur at a 2m distance or over the telephone.  Our front door will now be locked at all times.  Please phone us when you arrive.

For repeat prescriptions including flea and worming treatment, please phone in advance, we will ask you to pay over the phone. When you arrive to pick the prescription up, please could you phone us again and we will bring it to the car park to you, so you do not need to enter the surgery.

Please do not come if you have the corona virus symptoms - a continuous new cough or a high temperature.  If your animal is ill in these circumstances please telephone us.
 
If you have an animal with a non-urgent problem, with the current corona virus state of emergency it may be suitable to send us an email with a picture. We will then phone you back and discuss the case.  The cost of this will be £23 payable before speaking to the vet.  Not all problems can be dealt with in this way, and it is never as thorough as examing the animal.  There are lots of things we can not do this way such as chest auscultation, abdominal palpation and any diagnostic tests.  For all urgent cases continue to ring us as our email is not checked on an emergency basis.
 
The situation changes on a daily basis so please bear with us. Please check our facebook page as we will be updating this when we need too. The coming months are going to present new challenges every day, as the government says we must all work together, we appreciate your patience and continued support.

Dental Services for Pets in Llanelli

The first step in good teeth hygiene is looking at your pet’s teeth. As with anything, it is better to start young. All new puppy and kitten owners should be getting their new additions used to having their lips lifted and mouths opened, enabling good visualisation of all the teeth. Those with older pets can still accomplish this, it just takes a bit more time and patience. With any animal you want to be starting off slowly and ensuring your pet is calm and relaxed at all times and not struggling. It is good to reward any sort of progress and remember, praise works just as well as treats!

Next is being able to recognise signs of dental and gum disease. As with our own teeth there are a range of things to look out for, some subtler than others. Most pets with some form of dental or gum disease will have smelly breath and this is the easiest thing to look (or smell) out for. Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) can vary from a slight reddening of the gums at the point where gum meets tooth to a more severe angry reddening and also swelling of the gums (this is obviously harder to spot in pets with black gums!). It is also important to look out for plaque and tartar. This can range from a mild brown/grey discoloration of the tooth (usually starting at the gum line) to a more severe tartar build up with thick deposits forming. Back teeth can often have tartar building up and this can be missed when looking at your pets teeth if the lips are not pulled back far enough. Unfortunately our pets will keep eating despite having severe dental and gum disease, so this is an unreliable sign to watch out for!

There are a couple of things that you can do to delay the need for a dental. A simple thing that can be done is feeding your pet at least some dry food in its diet. As your pet eats the dry food the teeth have to work hard to crack into the food and this can help prevent large deposits of tartar forming. Just as we brush our own teeth to keep them clean, the same can be done to our pets. There are special toothbrushes and toothpastes designed to work on pets’ teeth to help keep them clean. Lots of cats don’t tolerate toothbrushing very well but there are a couple of toothpaste like products which can either be rubbed directly on their teeth and gums or put on their paws for them to lick off, helping to maintain tooth health. All these products are sold at the practice and we are happy to discuss the various options with you and work out what is best for you and your pet.

Swansea Veterinary Surgery

2 Bryn-y-mor Rd, Gowerton,
Swansea, SA4 3EZ

01792 879822
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Opening Times

    • Appointments   9am - 10am
    • Appointments   2pm - 4.00pm
    • Appointments   5pm - 6.45pm
    • Appointments   9am - 11am

Llanelli Veterinary Surgery

154c Sandy Road,
Llanelli, SA15 4DP

01554 773943
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Opening Times

    • Appointments   9am - 10am
    • Appointments   2pm - 4pm
    • Appointments   5pm - 6.30pm
    • Appointments   9am - 11am

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